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The Book of Royal Useless Information: A Funny and Irreverent Look at the British Royal Family Past and Present

By Noel Botham

If you've ever desired to understand extra concerning the absolutely lifeless yet attention-grabbing historical past of Britain’s Royal family members, then glance no further

The publication of Royal dead details is filled with stunning, surprising, and hilarious facts. Did you recognize that King Richard the Lionheart was once homosexual? That Charles I beloved to put his 18-inch court docket dwarf among half-loaves of bread and faux to devour him? That Elizabeth I stated she bathed as soon as each 3 months even if she wanted it or now not? That Henry VII used to be the final English king to win his throne at the battlefield? That the Queen makes use of black blotting paper so humans can’t see what she’s written? Authors Noel Botham and Bruce Montague irreverently current every thing you may ever most likely need to know concerning the Royals. and a little extra! So feed the corgis, make your self a pleasant cup of tea, and luxuriate in this really mind-boggling selection of absolutely lifeless information.

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A toddler, Beauclerk, was once held out of a window through his mom, Nell Gwyn, who threatened to drop him onto the road except he was once given a peerage. Charles II supposedly cried out ‘God retailer the Earl of Burford’, and for that reason created that peerage. The boy was once later created the 1st Duke of St Albans. even though Charles II fathered a variety of illegitimate young children, he begat no direct inheritor to the throne. Barbara Villiers’ husband, Roger Palmer, was once subtly bribed to permit his spouse to stay Charles II’s mistress.

Although she had no goal of marrying Henri, they paid for his or her impudent presumption by way of having their correct palms amputated. A Parliament invoice to limit Sunday interests was once vetoed by means of Elizabeth simply because she herself loved capturing and going to performs on Sundays. Elizabeth granted a patent for authorized gaming homes regardless of a strict legislation opposed to playing. She acknowledged: ‘They will play besides – secretly or overtly. No penalty or statute will restrain them. ’ Daniel Clarke used to be grasp cook dinner to Elizabeth I.

It was once prompt via the chronicler Walsingham that this used to be in go back for gay favours – a reasonably secure assumption. De Vere died in another country in the course of a wild boar hunt in 1392. Richard II introduced his physique again to England, opened his coffin and kissed the rotting physique of his useless lover. This triggered extra dissension within the ranks. Richard married a sister of King Wenceslas the great, Anne of Bohemia, whom he cherished, yet after her dying, in the course of a wave of plague in 1394, he grew to become more and more irrational. His wife’s unexpected demise looked as if it would thoroughly unbalance Richard, and his extravagance, acts of revenge and tyranny more and more grew to become his topics opposed to him.

King Henry VIII begun the rage for beards and moustaches. just before 1520, beards weren't the norm. Henry began to develop a beard whilst he realised his face was once getting fats. Hair used to be hardly washed, as there has been no shampoo, but if it was once, water containing an answer of tallow, olive oil and wooden ash was once used. Henry VIII’s favorite body spray consisted of musk and ambergris combined with civit. His favorite end result have been cherries and strawberries, which he grew himself. Honey used to be used as a sweetener. He by no means travelled extra west than Bristol.

Labourers earned 4 pennies in line with day. A cottage fee approximately £3. 25. Henry VI’s piety avoided him from conducting any genuine scuffling with through the Wars of the Roses. He sat on his horse on the rear together with his average flying through his aspect, and watched. Henry’s court docket had no fastened home. He moved from fort to citadel each few months. He consistently wore farmer’s boots and used to be so pious he habitually wore a hair blouse subsequent to his pores and skin. Henry VI’s favorite palace used to be at Eltham in Kent, the place he saved such a lot of his books.

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